Subject: RA: In Liquisa, voters turn up under militia control
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 1999 10:56:30 -0400
From: (TAPOL)

Radio Australia, Indonesian Service 7 June 1999

Voting in the Indonesian election got off to a late start in Dili. But in Liquisa, west of Dili, the base of the militias, many people were queuing up to vote, long before the polling booths were due to open. As already reported by Radio Australia's correspondent, Liquisa has been under pro-Indonesia militia control for more than three months.

For some time now, the militia have been controlling points into and out of the district.

Shortly before election day, reports were circulating that the militia in Liquisa have been conducting house to house checks to make sure that all inhabitants have registered to vote (on 7 June).

A large number of people assembled this morning outside the polling booths in Liquisa. There was not a smiling face among them.

Several men with walkie-talkies, in civilian clothing, were patrolling the area, and checking on how the voting is proceeding. When asked, they denied that they were government officials or members of the militia. But after leaving the polling booth, several voters told Radio Australia that members of the militia were present.

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